There's nothing quite like a good old party game so here's a fun mini-game collection starring a bunch of adorable Disney chums.
I love party games and when I saw a trailer for this delightful Disney-themed mini-game compilation, I just had to play it. Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is basically a collection of 10 party games and you can enjoy most of them with up to 4 players. I'll discuss the games in a bit but for starters, I just want to say how adorable this package is. I'm already familiar with Disney Tsum Tsum because my wife collects Japanese stationery and has some things with these chibi chums but seeing them rendered in 3D brings their cuteness to a whole new level. Essentially, each Disney character is represented as a potato-shaped critter with 4 legs which resembles my favourite animals: guinea pigs. Anyway, from the exciting opening cutscene to the actual gameplay, I could not believe how fun-filled this package is.
Let's get to the games! I'll start with the mini-games that I thoroughly enjoyed which is actually most of them. Tsum Curling is probably my favourite because curling's cool on its own but when you add in unique power-up rocks, it's much more fun. Tsum Chase is basically a clone of Pac-Man but it's multiplayer so you can imagine how enjoyable that gets. Tsum Rhythm is a simple music game and it's great fun watching a band of characters dance when you play but if you want a more competitive game, Spinner Battle has you try to knock your opponents off a stage and it reminded me of Namco's classic arcade game Motos. Bubble Hockey is a very fun version of air hockey and Ice Cream Stacker is a basic and silly mini-game where you have to balance ice cream scoops that resemble the characters. Finally, Round 'n' Round Run has you and your friends frantically run and jump through a 3D platforming obstacle course and it's a ton of fun.
Okay, onto the more disappointing games. My least favourite is Egg Pack Coaster because all you do is try and stay in a roller coaster cart by tilting the Joy Con when you turn around corners then mashing a button if you fall out. Tsum Tsum Mania is a pretty basic shooting gallery game that looks great but plays exactly as you would expect with nothing special to offer. Finally, Tsum Tsum Puzzle is an adaptation of the mobile puzzler where you draw lines to make similar characters disappear which makes the whole playfield cascade down. I understand that a lot of folks enjoy this game but I found it to be very simple and repetitive and the fact that you have to play it undocked and use the touchscreen is kind of annoying. Don't get me wrong; I see how people can enjoy it but it's not for me.
Before wrapping this up, allow me to discuss some odds and ends. I'm rather perplexed that there are no overarching game modes like a board game to tie things together. You can challenge your friends to randomized tournaments but that's about it. Next, there's a ton of characters (or MyTsums) to unlock but after playing for a long time, I didn't unlock any and only got repeats from spending my hard-earned coins for Present Balloons. One thing I liked is that there are online leaderboards and something that's even cooler is that many of the mini-games feature loads of different ways to play. For example, you can enjoy them online as well as try to complete missions or get a high score via challenge mode. Also, most games feature both cooperative and competitive variations which is a great way to mix things up. Overall, I'm impressed with the amount of variety and I wish more mini-game collections would go the extra mile like this.
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is a wonderful party game. Whether you're looking to entertain the kids or simply want a lighthearted game to play with friends, you're bound to have a ton of adorable fun with this mini-game collection.
- + Most of the mini-games are impressively well done and super-fun
- + Absolutely adorable game world
- + Games feature a great deal of variations
- - Could have used overarching modes such as a Mario Party style board game
- - A few of the mini-games aren't that fun
- - Unlocking characters is time consuming